Sunday March 1st, 2015
Sunday March 1st, 2015
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‘It is evil for APC to attack the Church’

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Uche Secondus

Prince Uche Secondus, the Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in this interview, bares his mind on how prepared his party is to win the March 28 and April 11 general elections, why Nigerians should vote for President Goodluck Jonathan, the politics of Rivers State, among other issues.

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Our case against Buhari, by Yoruba leaders

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ELDERS-YORUBA

The post-National Conference Summit, held last Thursday in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, was an assemblage of ‘who is who in the country particularly from the South-west. The attendance cut across religious and political persuasions.

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APC will floor PDP, Ladoja, Akala — Gov. Ajimobi

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Senator Abiola Ajimobi

Governor Abiola Ajimobi has steered the ship of Oyo State since 2011. There have been claims and counter-claims on the performance of his administration. In this interview, he speaks on his achievements. But will the achievements enable him to win the March 28 election and be the first governor to govern the state twice in succession?

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Battle for Abia South

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THE battle for Abia South senatorial seat is principally between the incumbent Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a philanthropist and business mogul, Chief Chris Nkwonta of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

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‘Gang up against Jonathan’s election will fail’

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Buhari and Jonathan

C Mr. Michael Ejueyitsi Tidi, a Niger Delta activist of Itsekiri stock, an erstwhile candidate of Action Congress of Nigeria, acn, for the Delta State House of Assembly in 2011, and currently, member, Media/Publicity Committee of Delta State Peoples Democratic Party, pdp, Campaign Organisation, in this interview with Sunday Vanguard, speaks of his interest in the protection of itsekiri ethnic nationality, controversies surrounding his loyalty to the pdp and support for the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.

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‘Why Obasanjo is having issues with Jonathan’

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Chief Augustine Onyemaechi Mazie

Chief Augustine Onyemaechi Mazie, is the Chairman, Board of Trustees, New Paradigm Transformation Initiative, NPTI, and strong advocate of unity, peace and progress of Nigeria. A retired Air Force personnel, he served as the Chairman Unity Campaign Team for the Election of the National Chairman and National Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2001 and is a two-time Principal Secretary of PDP, 2001 and 2005. In this interview, he bared his mind on the chances of the presidential candidates of the two major political parties in the forthcoming elections, saying that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari would have toppled Jonathan’s administration if he was still in the military. He also spoke on why former President Obasanjo is having issues with President Jonathan.

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Uduaghan’s education story: How he changed Delta schools

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SCHOOL

BY EMMA AMAIZE IF the turnaround in infrastructure and facilities noticeable in many public primary and secondary schools in Delta State today is equated with the wide-ranging debility in classroom accommodation, laboratories and other instructional materials prior to the beginning of the Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan administration in 2007, then the governor has undeniably added value

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Jonathan parleys with Tompolo, Ayiri, others

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Jonathan

VISITING President Goodluck Jonathan is scheduled, last night to meet with ex-militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo and Itsekiri leader, Chief Ayiri Emami, at Asaba, Delta State. The president, who is on a two-day working visit to the state met practically all day and night with the various ethnic groups and leaders. Saturday Vanguard gathered that at the meeting with Itsekiri leaders, Jonathan explained for the umpteenth time why the groundbreaking of the Export Processing Zone, EPZ, project. was not performed.

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How I’ll transform Delta – O’tega Emerho

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Olorogun-Otega-Emerhor

All Progressives Party, APC, gubernatorial candidate in Delta State, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, is confident that he will emerge as governor of the state in the April 11 governorship election. In this interview with Saturday Vanguard at Asaba, he speaks of how the PDP failed Deltans for 16 years, the new breath he is bringing to the state as a turnaround expert, how Chief Joseph Omene-led Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, compromised the Uvwiamuge declaration and why Deltans should thrust aside the PDP candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and Labour Party candidate, Chief Great Ogboru, for him

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Akwa Ibom 2015: The hurdles before Emmanuel

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Udom Emmanuel

By Clifford Ndujihe IF endorsements were the only yardstick to determine the next occupant of the Akwa Ibom State Government House, Mr. Udom Emmanuel of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may not need to contest the April 11 governorship election in the state. Reason: He has in his kitty a quantum of endorsements from

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Delta: Onuesoke advises PDP members to mobilise grassroots’ voters

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PDP Special National Convention: Delegates casting their votes at 2013 PDP Special National Convention . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Delta State Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has advised members of the party to go to the grassroot, wards and different communities to campaign and mobilize for voters to ensure victory in the general election.

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My time has come — Ogboru

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Ogboru: Uduaghan was not a governor

Idolised by fans as the Peoples General, Chief Great Ogboru had become a rallying platform for opposition to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Delta State. He had in the last decade moved across different political platforms in his quest for the governorship of the state – South-South Rainbow Coalition, SSRC, then the Alliance for Democracy in 2003, the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP in 2007 and 2011, and now Labour Party, LP . Ogboru has continuously captivated popular imagination in Delta, yet has underperformed at the crucial point of counting the votes. Ogboru has, however, pleaded the alibi of rigging.

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Foxy battles in Bauchi

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*Gov. Isa Yuguda

Bauchi State’s knack for betraying even accomplished political leaders is legendary. It is thus no surprise that ahead of the forthcoming general elections that many voters and political leaders are keeping their intentions close to the chest

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Why it won’t be business as usual for election riggers —Okojie, REC, A-Ibom

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Lagosians checking their names on the INEC list of permanent voters cards (PVC) around 3 pm. at Sunday Adigun  polling Unit, Alausa, Ikeja yesterday.

THe Akwa-Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Barrister Austin Okoje in this interview reassures the people of Akwa-Ibom State that the commission would provide all the candidates for the 2015 General Elections a level playing field to ensure rancour-free polls. But he implores the political class to cooperate with INEC since according to him, every successful election requires effective partnership and cooperation as well as adequate timing and planning among other issues.

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Where the card reader rejects you

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•Card reader

Given the trenchant positions for and against the introduction of the card readers, Nigerians and indeed, international election observers would be in suspense on the efficacy of what the country’s Election Management Body has promised as the antidote to election rigging.

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Chatham House: APC Chasing Shadows – PDP

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Gen Buhari at Chatham House

The Peoples Democratic Party has noted the theatrical appearance of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in that well produced orchestra earlier today at the Chatham House, London. A script well written, a script well acted, all a truthful lie. The messenger belies the message.

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Buhari vows to ‘lead from the front’ against Boko Haram

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“We will give them adequate modern arms and ammunition, we will improve intelligence gathering… we will be tough on terrorists and tough on its root causes… in the affected areas.”b”No inch of Nigerian territory will ever be in the hands of the enemy,” – Buhari

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My running battle with Oshiomhole — Ize Iyamu

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Ize-Iyamu

PAstor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is the Director-General of the Jonathan/Sambo presidential campaign in Edo State. In this interview with Vanguard, he insisted that President Goodluck Jonathan will win the presidential election despite the seeming popularity of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He also dismissed claims by Governor Adams Oshiomhole that the people of the state will not vote for President Jonathan asserting that the President has impacted positively on the lives of the people of the state and would therefore win the state

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Ebonyi: My redemption plan — Nweze, gov candidate

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•Nweze: I will change Ebonyi

DR Austin Nweze, a social commentator and governorship candidate on the platform of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in Ebonyi State, in this interview explains why he wants to govern the state.

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Ebonyi: Fiery meltdown!

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Ebonyi State House of Assembly complex gutted by fire

Tuesday morning’s fire incident in the House of Assembly is couched within the equally blistering crisis in the state that has disconnected Governor Martins Elechi from the power levers in the state.

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Voting Process: How you’ll vote

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VOTERS

Voters who do not possess PVC will not be accredited and, consequently, will not be able to vote.

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How we will resist PDP, Jonathan in Lagos — Sen Ashafa

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*Senator Ashafa

Former Permanent Secretary, Land Bureau in Lagos, Senator Gbenga Bareehu Ashafa, is also the senatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, for the Lagos East Senatorial District in the March 28th National Assembly election. At a forum he held recently at a town hall meeting with residents and stakeholders, he spoke on his agenda and why he wants to return to the Senate.

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Niger: Generals at war

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The Governor of Niger State Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu[left] welcoming Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar to his residence during a Sallah homage to the governor at his residence,in Minna.  

For a state otherwise referred to as Power State, Niger State has not disappointed in marshalling out men of power in the ensuing governorship contest between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC

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Wogu’s warning: Nations don’t change war time leaders

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*Chief Emeka Wogu, Minister of Labour and Productivity

For Nwadiala Emeka Wogu, the immediate past minister of labour and productivity the activities of Boko Haram in the Northeast had been a serious worry. Given that his infanthood was laced with the severity of the civil war, the bestiality associated with the group was one thing that he did not really want to befall the people of the Northeast.

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Our crave for Accord in Delta — Agbidi, Ndokwa Rep candidate

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Hon Azuka Agbidi

We are in a jet age now, and we have gone beyond party boundaries and it is individuals that matter. People are going to understand that we came from the PDP and we are people to reckon with. They are going to vote for Goodluck Jonathan, PDP for governor. When it gets to the senatorial, they are going to look for Hon. Ochei of Accord because he is a good administrator, he has been tested and everyone knows he is the right person for Delta North. When it comes to House of Representatives in my own domain, people are going to look for Accord. People are voting for individuals not party.

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The constituencies

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File: Voter casting her vote

The Presidential and National Assembly Elections have now been rescheduled to hold on March 28, 2015, while Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections are rescheduled to hold on 11th April, 2015.

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Fists fly in a rowdy 18-hour session in Turkish parliament

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TBMM Ic Guvenlik Paketi

Ruling party and opposition lawmakers turned the Turkish parliament into a battlefield once again Tuesday during an 18-hour session debating a contentious bill to broaden police powers. Several deputies were injured in a third outbreak of serious fighting within a week in the Turkish parliament, as the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) seeks to push through the contentious homeland security bill.

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Delta North: My work plan for Jonathan, Okowa and myself — Ochei

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•Ochei: I remain the only speaker, who resigned voluntarily

The Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei, Speaker Emeritus of the Delta State House of Assembly served as the presiding officer of the House from 2011 to 2014 having been elected three times as member of the House representing Aniocha North State Constituency. The bid by Ochei for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP derailed in the midst of political intrigues that preceded his resignation as speaker and his subsequent designation as speaker emeritus by his colleagues.

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Why PDP is afraid of PVC — Badru, APC Rep candidate

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•Badru: I believe Jega means well

Dr Enitan Badru was until recently, a commissioner in Lagos State when he resigned to contest the Lagos Island 1 Constituency seat in the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, (APC). In this interview, he speaks on his inspiration for the contest, his plans for the constituency and assesses the opposition to his party’s dominance of the polity by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP

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Delta: Urhobo vote’ll not go for PDP gov — Omene

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•Omene: We've resolved as Urhobo to support our South-South son

Dr. Wilson Omene, a former chairman of Ethiope West Local Government Council is a stalwart of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Delta State. In this interview with Vanguard he reasserts his opinion that the Urhobos will vote against his party’s candidate for governorship on the basis that the candidate is not Urhobo, traces the enthronement of an Anioma person as the PDP governorship candidate to internal sabotage within the Urhobo nation among other claims

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How the Card Reader can be fooled

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•Card reader

The card reader has been hailed as the antidote to election rigging in emerging democracies. It has been extensively used in a number of emerging democracies in Africa with positive reports of its contributory role in stemming election rigging.

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BOKO HARAM The lesson for Nigeria from soldiers fighting Islamic State — Pesmerge Commander

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No, Saddam had killed or caused the killing of more Iraqis than any foreign power and any other Iraqi regime. Unfortunately, the international community had been silent on Saddam’s crimes particularly during the 1980s; therefore, there is some misconception about Saddam’s era of terror and genocide. Furthermore, since the removal of Saddam, those who have been igniting sectarian and ethnic conflicts are mostly Saddam’s followers, including many leading members of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Note: Levant includes Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Jordan.

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